YA fiction, teens, and social anxiety

Like teens, writers of YA fiction have to understand social anxiety.

If it is true that teens’ social anxiety increases as their ability to ‘try on’ other people’s feelings increases, then being a teen requires adaptation at every turn. As soon as you becomes self-aware, there’s that new worry of wondering what the rest of the world thinks of you. Capturing that teen perspective is a balancing act for the writer of YA fiction.